The Earth and Man

The Earth and Man

by Arnold Guyot
     
 
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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ISBN-13:
2940029903389
Publisher:
Gould and Lincoln, etc ., etc.
Format:
NOOK Book

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CHAPTER II. BELIEF OF THE CONTINENTS. RecapitulationVertical dimensions or form of reliefDifficulties presented by their studyUsefulness of profile Great influence of differences of heightElevations in mais, and linear elevationsImportance of the formerLabors of Humboldt and Hitter on this subjectExamination of the general features of relief of the continentsA great common law embracing them all. The conclusion of the preceding chapter was devoted to a simple examination of the most prominent forms which the; continents present to us, and such as the line of contact of the lands with the horizontal surface of the oceans exhibits to the eye. In this first review we have followed, step by step, in their discoveries, the men of science who were the first to point them out. We have recognized, with Bacon and Forster, the tapering form of the southern points of the continents, their gulfs on the west, and their islands on the east; with Pallas, the situation of the great plains in the north of the Old World, and the east of the New; with Humboldt, the winding forms and parallel shores of the great oceanic valley bearing the name of the Atlantic ; with Steffens, the enlargement of all the lands toward the north, and the characteristic grouping of the continents in three double worlds. Hitter, finally,lias shown us how almost all the lands are combined in one hemisphere, which may be contrasted as a continental hemisphere with the other, which is almost entirely covered with water; how the lands, in their turn, are grouped in two principal masses, in two worlds, the Old and the New, differing in extent, in forms of contour, in structure, and in direction. This learned man, above all,teaches us to consider the forms of the continents in a light entirely new, by drawing...

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